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Independent 6770 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on June 27th, 2008

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Each of the Indy setters has their own distinctive talent – with Phi it’s immaculately constructed clues that I always find I can understand. This was a typical example, where I was able to work out from the wordplay two words that were completely new to me, verifying them after. These were both in the lower half of the grid which I found much trickier than the top half. Solving time, 19 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

ACROSS

1 AN (AB APT IS) T Member of certain Protestant movements in the 1500s ant = soldier apt = appropriate AB = sailor

6 A BUT

10 T ROOP poor<

11 ARRIVISTE   r (right) in (varies it)*

12 (p)LOT

13 FUG (obscure stuff) UsEd   Odd letters.     Not the first or last musical reference in a Phi clue.

14 SUPERNOVA  (prove a sun)*  &lit

15 OUT OF THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE   range = oven

22 ATROCIOUS   O (nothing) in (a court is)*

24 D (I V) OT     Driver = golf club   V = see

25 HUB (bub)

26 VAPORETTI    (top variety)* less y = unknown (algebra)    New word number 1 (boats used in Venice)

27 OCTET    Hidden <      Appearing for second day in a row.

28 (c)RUSH

29 VESTRY-ROOM    (over stormy)*    A brilliantly concealed anagram in a great surface reading.

DOWN

1 ACT OF GOD    Excluded from insurance policies usually.

2 A (MO) NGST

3 APPLE OF DISCORD   (displaced proof)*    From Greek mythology (prelude to Battle of Troy)

4 T (HAT’S) T HAT    Middle of guTTer

5 STRAP   parts<

7 B (ASS) OON

8 TO (ERA) G(s)    Or it could be toga.

9 OVER MY DEAD BODY     Double definition – split is at you/put

16 FETISHI ST   (thief is)*    Obsessive is a noun here.

17 TEE TOT (r)UM    New word number 2 (old spinning top).

19 A PROP O S  First letters    Good flow in the surface reading

20 IN VIT(e) R O   First letters again for the last two.

21 SA (L) VER

22 OUTRE    r moving down in ROUTE

2 Responses to “Independent 6770 by Phi”

  1. Mick h says:

    I took ages to get VESTRY ROOM, which I agree was a good clue, because I’d over-hastily put TEETOTAL at 17 down. I know, it doesn’t work on any level, but there you go.

  2. Wil Ransome says:

    In 13ac nmsindy refers to Phi’s frequent musical references. No doubt the first thing he thinks of when he writes a clue is music: he produces a monthly crossword for the BBC Music Magazine. The crosswords, although of course utterly sound, are very easy, but how he manages to bring a connection to music into every single clue is quite brilliant.

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